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wombat457 First Officer

I dont recall where I heard (or read) it, but I believe that Microsoft, in their infinate wisdom, has placed some kind of protection into FSX that only allows a person to install FSX twice. In other words, once would be when it is first installed and the second could be if you had to format your computer and re-install it. Evidently after that you cannot use the activation key thereby rendering the sim virtually useless.

Has anyone else heard of this and is it true ? If it is, is there anyway around it, and I dont mean using cracks for pirated copies either, but a way around not being dictated to by Microsoft about how many times you might have to reinstall a game that you paid good money for.

Cheers and Safe flying

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RadarMan Chief Captain

wombat457 wrote:

I dont recall where I heard (or read) it, but I believe that Microsoft, in their infinate wisdom, has placed some kind of protection into FSX that only allows a person to install FSX twice. In other words, once would be when it is first installed and the second could be if you had to format your computer and re-install it. Evidently after that you cannot use the activation key thereby rendering the sim virtually useless.

Has anyone else heard of this and is it true ? If it is, is there anyway around it, and I dont mean using cracks for pirated copies either, but a way around not being dictated to by Microsoft about how many times you might have to reinstall a game that you paid good money for.

Cheers and Safe flying

Here you go.

https://flyawaysimulation.com/news/3811/

Radar

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wombat457 First Officer

Thanks RadarMan,

As I said in my email, I heard it (or read it) as rumouror that someone was having problems activating FSX (a purchased copy) due to trying to reinstall it for a third time on the "allegedly" same computer. I would not have put it past Microsoft to have done something like that though. As you may have gathered, I am NOT a fan of Microsoft. Personally, I would much prefer the FS2004 way of doing things - needing the disk to run the game.

Once again, thanks and ...

Cheers and safe flying

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RadarMan Chief Captain

The way CPU's h/d / and gfx cards are getting I wouldn't be surprised to see FSII jump from FSX 15gig install to 40-50gig install.
Then I think they should put a CD in for use in the caddy...also so we can have a simple crack like FS9 had.

Radar

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William A. Jones (waj2306) First Officer

I have installed, uninstalled and reinstalled my copy of FSX six times with no problem (I can't resist fidgetting). That is not to say that it will lock me out the nex time I hear/see a new fidget! I'll keep a close watch!

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wombat457 First Officer

RadarMan, yes I agree with you re FSX11. It will get to a point where computers will become out of the reach of most people I think, at least in terms of being able to use programs such as flight sims etc. We have the "so called" "gamers" to thank for that though along with the likes of Microsoft. That comment will no doubt draw some very defensive comments lol.

Microsoft (and other companies) are always trying to protect their products fro piracy, such as the use of activation codes etc and that is a fair and reasonable thing to do. The fact is that the people who make the cracks for such games are way smarter than the people writing the programs to begin with so anything that a company can write, a "Crack Artist" will crack be it activation codes, in program protection lines and just about anythign else too - take any Windows OS for example.

FSX will get bigger, I dont think there is any doubt about that, especially when Microsoft realises how to incorporate actual satelitte imagery etc to run with their sims. I think, eventually, there will come a time when companies, such as Microsoft, will simply stop distributing its software and create a database for it all - a place that anyone can go to use any program made by Microsoft and Microsoft will charge us by the hour for theuse of that program. No more production costs, distribution costs etc. Better for Microsoft etc - a whole lot worse for the consumer though 😞

To waj2306, that is reassuring then to know you have installed and reinstalled so many times. I tend to do things to my computer too or just getr tired of the way it is running and format it about every 6 months which is why I was a little concerned about the reinstall for FSX.

I guess what I heard/read was just as my topic states - a rumour and has no fact in it at all. And that is good news. 🙂

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RadarMan Chief Captain

Wombat, unfortunately I have to agree with you on all points.
The use of software on line is not something I look forward to.
I've been on the net now going on 12 years ( I lose count) and it isn't stable enough and too many servers aren't worth the broadband I pay for.
I like to own what I use but it will go the way that you say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_(content_delivery)

Radar

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